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Proposed Change in Rape Law

Two researchers at Stockholm University have proposed changing the Swedish law against rape, to put more emphasis on suspected rapists to prove that the sex was consensual.

Surveying more than one thousand rape complaints, the researchers found that the police focus their questioning too much on the victims and how clear they were about not wanting to have sex, rather than focusing on suspected rapists and their attitudes towards women and sex.

Compared to other countries, rape in Sweden is more likely to be reported to the police, and rape complaints increase year by year. But the cases that go to trial are few - only 13 per cent - and they are not increasing.

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